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I've been having some serious back pain that's been getting worse and worse over the last two years or so. It's to the point now where I'm missing work because I'm in too much pain to even get out of bed. Laying down seems to be the only way to be somewhat comfortable. The more physical activity I do, the worse the pain gets.

I've been to a regular doctor and she gave me an order for a Thoracic and Lumbar MRI. I don't have insurance so I called around for the cheapest place to get an MRI done and I was able to get the lumbar scan done. I've searched the forums and I haven't been able to find anyone with similar results as mine and I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to how to read this MRI report. It reads as follows:

L1-2: Annulus is normal and symmetric without focal protrusion/herniation. The central canal is preserved. The foramina are patent bilaterally. Facets are within normal limits.

L2-3: There is no disk protrusion. There is a 4 mm synovial cyst projecting posterior to the left facet.

L3-4: Annulus is normal and symmetric without focal protrusion/herniation. The central canal is preserved. The foramina are patent bilaterally. Facets are within normal limits.

L4-5: Annulus is normal and symmetric without focal protrusion/herniation. The central canal is preserved. The foramina are patent bilaterally. Facets are within normal limits.

L5-S1: Annular protrusion centrally and to the left with mild left foraminal narrowing. This could touch the descending S1 nerve root in the canal on the left but does not displace it.

IMPRESSION:
1. Consistent with synovial cyst at L2-3 on the left behind the facet, likely not causing nerve root impingement.
2. Annular protrusion L5-S1 as detailed above.

I know I still need to get the other MRI done yet, because I have middle back pain also and I want to know what's causing it. I've talked to my dad, who also has had back back problems all his life, and he goes to a pain management doctor and swears by it. He warns me against chiropractic methods. I just want the pain to go away.

From looking at this MRI, does anything on there explain why I have lower back pain? And is that protrusion it's talking about cause back pain? Also is it what's causing pain in my left leg and numbness on the front of my left shin? I could care less if I have to be on pain medication, if it makes the pain go away, I'll take it.

Someone... please advise...





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